The American Automobile Association (AAA) is urging motorists to check their tires. It's a common warning that is commonly ignored.
When driving on wet pavement at a high speed with worn-out tires, it can take an additional 87 feet for a passenger car to come to a complete stop. This accounts for a 43 percent increase in stopping distance compared to that of a vehicle with up-to-date tires.
Tire Care Reduces Risk of Alabama Traffic Collisions
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a wealth of information, including tips on tire maintenance, selection and purchasing. Still, most motorists are no better at tire care than they are at responding to recalls.
Our car accident lawyers in Alabama know poor tire condition is a common factor in many motor-vehicle collisions. And it's not just rainy or icy weather that can get you in trouble; high road temperatures and Alabama's hot summer sun can drastically degrade your tires. Poor tire quality can lead to blowouts, which are among the most common causes of rollover accidents.
Summer Tire Safety Tips in Alabama
New tires sold in the United States should be manufactured with a wear bar. This is a handy indicator for consumers to determine whether their tires need replaced. Tire wear is usually greatest along the outside edges of a tire. If tread has worn even with the wear bar, it's time for new tires.
Other common tire issues:
- Inflation: Under-inflation and over-inflation are by far the most common tire-safety issues. Outside temperatures and road travel can impact tire pressure. Even for properly functioning tires, tire pressure should be checked at least monthly and adjusted according to manufacturer's instructions. Inflation issues can result in poor gas mileage and excessive tire wear, and may result in a blowout.
- Bulges and tread separation: Bulges, tread pulling away from the sidewalls, or visible wire mesh are all tire emergencies. You should have your tires replaced immediately and avoid driving in the meantime.
Newer vehicles allow more time between routine maintenance appointments. Be sure to have your mechanic review the condition of your tires whenever your vehicle is serviced. Proper tire rotation can also extend the life of your tires and reduce the risk of an accident caused by tire failure.
In the event that you or a loved one was injured in a crash caused, you should speak to an experienced Mobile auto accident attorney as soon as possible.